Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program

Academic-year and summer fellowships to assist deserving undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

The U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides academic-year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist deserving undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

Eligible UCLA students interested in being considered for fellowships may apply directly to the UCLA Title VI centers that have received fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education.

The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

  • The academic-year graduate awards provide a $15,000 stipend as well as $18,000 in tuition and fees**

  • The academic-year undergraduate award provides a stipend of $5,000 and up to $10,000 in fees and tuition

  • Summer awards provide a $2,500 stipend, up to $5,000 in fees and tuition

** Some restrictions may apply. Please check with your assigned FLAS coordinator

FLAS fellowships are awarded through the following UCLA International Institute centers. For detailed information and application requirements, please contact the center that administers your language of interest.


Asia Pacific Center

Languages: Chinese, Korean, Japanese 

Aaron Miller

(310) 825-0007


Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Languages: Indonesian, Filipino/Tagalog, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese 

Nguyet Tong

(310) 206-9163


Latin American Institute

Languages: Quechua, Portuguese, Nahuatl, and Advanced Spanish

Veronica Zavala

(310) 825-4572


General Eligibility Information

To apply for a FLAS fellowship, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing graduate students in all disciplines may apply for academic-year and summer awards.

Undergraduate students must be studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level.

The fellowship requires that students take one language and one area studies course for a letter grade each term during the academic year.

Summer fellowships are for intensive language study only.

Fellowship recipients must be engaged in full-time study for the duration of their awards and must submit reports on the courses they pursue and the progress they make. Awards may be used for dissertation research, but this must be approved in advance and has the lowest priority.

All FLAS applications must be completed online. The application is available through the area studies centers listed above.

The deadline for applications is February 21, 2018. The application will be available in mid-November 2017.

Questions? Please review the FLAS Frequently Asked Questions and contact your center FLAS coordinator.